This Emmy-winning writer for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has a long list of accomplishments in the entertainment industry. Mr. Oliver is an English comedian that has a long resume of talents. He is a comedian, political commentator, television host, and he will occasionally take on an acting project.
John was born in a suburb of Birmingham called Erdington. He attended the Mark Rutherford School and graduated from Christ’s College in Cambridge. His mother was a music teacher and his father was a school headmaster and a social worker. Both of his parents were from Liverpool.
John Oliver first started his career as part of the Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2001. He played the character of an “oleaginous journalist.” He also was performing solo in 2002 and 2003, but began to collaborate with Andy Zaltzman, doing a double act and also co-hosting the Political Animal. Oliver then moved to New York City. Initially, his career was mostly doing stand-up in various clubs in the city, but he also started to headline at the bigger venues. This first big stand-up routine was on Comedy Central in 2008. The title of his special was “John Oliver: Terrifying Times.” This special was later release on DVD.
In July of 2006, Oliver joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a Senior British Correspondent. Ricky Gervais was the person that made the recommendation to interview Oliver for this gig. John Oliver received Emmys for outstanding writer on this show in 2009, 2011, and 2012. During all of this time, Oliver was busy guest-hosting the Daily Show, but also directing his movie Rosewater. He got many positive reviews and his reputation was growing rapidly. There was talk that Oliver might replace Craig Ferguson on the Late Late Show, but HBO announced only three months later he was going to get his own late night show.
On April 27, 2014, John Oliver began to host his own show on HBO. This show focuses on news, politics, and current events. He has a contract with HBO for two years, with an option for more. His show earned him a spot on Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2015. In February of 2015, HBO agreed to extend the contract Oliver has until 2017. Last Week Tonight airs 35 episodes per season.